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York County Council Considering Possible Property Tax Increase

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Six years.

That is how long Chris Timmons has been a homeowner in South Carolina.

Making the move from Ohio to Fort Mill's "Baxter Village" neighborhood was an easy decision.

"Small town feel and lower taxes," says Timmons.

But, there's a decision that won't come easy to the York County Council.

It's a decision about raising the tax rate....again.

After a tax increase last year, property owners could take another hit.

"We are allowed by law to go to 6.4," says York County Council Vice-Chairman Joe Cox. The staff recommendation was 6.1.

The possibility of another property tax increase concerns homeowners like Timmons.

"I think it's going to be you know difficult politically and financially for people to pull off," says Timmons

Property taxes would rise on homeowners and businesses, too.

Plus,  if you own a car, look out. You'll also be feel the tax bite, if it happens.

Councilman Cox says he is hesitant to agree to an increase and there are a few other options on the table.

"We have a little bit more workshops hopefully to get this thing before it does go and again, I hope it's not a tax increase," says Councilman Cox.

But, if it is, it will hurt Councilman Cox, too.

He owns eight commercial properties.

"Just know I am taking that burden on when I increase your taxes, but times it by eight," says Councilman Cox.

It provides a glimmer of hope to property owners like Timmons.

"Presumably they've looked at all of the alternatives and this maybe a last resort but hopefully it doesn't come about," says Timmons.

But, if it does, his "home sweet home" will be just a bit more expensive.


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